Challenges, Curves and Inspiration!

We had an awesome meeting on Thursday with a lot of great ideas and so much inspiration!

Quite the lively discussion ensued when it was brought up whether to also add Blocks of the Month along with our challenges. It’s something that we are definitely going to be looking into and so far the general consensus is that we will keep both the challenges and the Block of the Month ( BOM for short form ) .

We will also be drawing our challenges from the box for 4 months at a time. This way you can pick and choose which ones you would really like to do.

Challenges are:

July – Polka Dots

* no meeting in August *

September – Canadiana

October – A Piece Inspired by Music

November – Orange

At Septembers meeting we will make a decision on our December Challenge which is always a gift exchange. Ideas are always welcome!

Our next 2 Sew-In dates have been decided and booked also. They will be Saturday Oct 1st, 2016 and Saturday March 25-2017. We will still hold regular meetings those months and guests are welcome for the Sew-In for a $10 fee. Each of these will also be Potluck Lunches and we know we have the best chefs in Niagara in our group!

We are truly hoping to have a webinar on the TV screen for our July meeting, however Kathleen has an awesome DVD she would like to bring that has a 20 minutes segment on Gee’s Bend Quilts that we would all love to see too.

* just a heads up too that at our December meeting we will be voting/be in agreement to continue with our executive positions of President, Vice-President and Secretary. *

Everyone is invited to be as creative as they can on a Quilt-Con Charity quilt for 2017. Kathleen came up with a great idea and so did Tara. The theme next year is To Scale and we spent a lot of time discussing this, even if Debbie did think that Fish Scales was a wonderful idea LOL  At the July meeting we will discuss again and by the end of July we have to send an email to Quilt Con confirming if we are entering this year. We also need someone to head this up/keep track of the dates/and one person to make the final decision on some things.

Dorothy, from our Guild orders Fusible Batting, which works out much easier than pinning when quilting on a domestic sewing machine. There is currently a sale of batting for 35% off and free shipping to Canada if the order is over $75. Members were asked who wanted to order and a total of 13 queen size battings were ordered from Connecting Threads on Friday.

During our quilts presentations Lorna had a wonderful idea she recently learned of using Foam Core board and glueing batting to it. ( picture a mini design wall ) These work wonderful to create a pattern on the board and carry it to your sewing machine so your fabric doesn’t all fly away and your can keep the sequence of your blocks in order. Great idea, Lorna ! The tutorial is at Bee in My Bonnet

 

Karen Curved Quilt. This is the second quilt Karen has ever made. It has Geometric quilting on it
Karen Curved Quilt. This is the second quilt Karen has ever made. It has Geometric quilting on it
Pam with her Rectangle Challenge. The colours are great
Pam with her Rectangle Challenge. The colours are great
Lorna with an original design she created. This has a wow factor!
Lorna with an original design she created. This has a wow factor!
Lorna Niagara Falls. Did you see the fireworks in the top left corner?
Lorna Niagara Falls. Did you see the fireworks in the top left corner?
Lorna with her Whole Cloth quilt. It's big stitch with Perle Cotton. The simplicity is what makes it so stunning
Lorna with her Whole Cloth quilt. It’s big stitch with Perle Cotton. The simplicity is what makes it so stunning
Lorna with her Flower Pot quilt. It as a course she had taken with a different method of paper piecing than normal
Lorna with her Flower Pot quilt. It as a course she had taken with a different method of paper piecing than normal
These are the Batting Boards that Lorna made. A great way to move small pieces to your sewing machine, keep them assembled and be able to return to your project
These are the Batting Boards that Lorna made. A great way to move small pieces to your sewing machine, keep them assembled and be able to return to your project
Lorna - close-up of those wonderful flower pots!
Lorna – close-up of those wonderful flower pots!

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Debbie- Close-up of her Curved Improv. Even the border edge is curved
Debbie- Close-up of her Curved Improv. Even the border edge is curved
Janie and her stunning Curved Improv wall hanging Beach Scene, Outstanding!
Janie and her stunning Curved Improv wall hanging Beach Scene, Outstanding!

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Janie Curved Improv, she used double batting for more texture. Abstract - I think she really loves curved piecing. See how she curved the bottom edge, too!
Janie Curved Improv, she used double batting for more texture. Abstract – I think she really loves curved piecing. See how she curved the bottom edge, too!
Kathleen with Curved Improv on her handbag that we all loved!
Kathleen with Curved Improv on her handbag that we all loved!
June Curved Improv Challenge - Curves with Modern Art Quilts
June Curved Improv Challenge – Curves with Modern Art Quilts
June - Close up of her quilt, Love the colours
June – Close up of her quilt, Love the colours
Dorothy with her rectangle challenge, a double sided T-shirt quilt
Dorothy with her rectangle challenge, a double sided T-shirt quilt
The other side of Dorothys double sided T-shirt quilt
The other side of Dorothys double sided T-shirt quilt
Dorothy Improve Curves Challenge also. This quilt shows values, has the Fibonacci sequins and is stunning when seen in person
Dorothy Improve Curves Challenge also. This quilt shows values, has the Fibonacci sequins and is stunning when seen in person
Dorothy - close-up of her curved improv
Dorothy – close-up of her curved improv
Heather with Sheri Woods Score #4, monochromatic calming
Heather with Sheri Woods Score #4, monochromatic calming
Heather and her Curved Improv that looks like waves on the ocean!
Heather and her Curved Improv that looks like waves on the ocean!
Heather - Rectangle Challenge with Charlie Harper fabric
Heather – Rectangle Challenge with Charlie Harper fabric
Heather - close-up of Charlie Harper fabric in an awesome setting
Heather – close-up of Charlie Harper fabric in an awesome setting

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